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Program Overview

With an arts department brimming with opportunities for music, theatre, art, photography, and publications, our students are actively engaged in these opportunities knowing that they will grow from it.
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Lower School

Our Lower School art program emphasizes individual creative exploration and expression. Subject matter grows out of students’ life experiences, their personal concerns, their rich imagination, and academic subject areas. The curriculum offers opportunities in the four primary media: drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture/construction.

The Lower school music program is to provide students with basic concepts - rhythm, harmony, and pitch - as well as develop in them an appreciation for how music makes them feel. In addition, each grade performs at least once a year for parents and/or other students.


Middle School

Middle School students take an arts rotation each trimester, choosing from Theatre, Visual Arts, and Music. This rotating approach exposes students to a wide swath of arts experiences with teachers who are dedicated to expanding Middle School minds.

Especially at this unique developmental age, students find needed balance in their co-curriculars, which encourage Middle Schoolers to develop self-awareness, practice empathy and teamwork, and learn confidence in and out of the classroom. Each rotation offers a students a place to explore, experiment, and discover new things.

Upper School

The curriculum in Visual Arts begins with introducing students to a wide variety of experiences and encourages new students to freely explore media, ideas, and styles. The dedicated art studios and the small teacher-student ratio allow our faculty time to work closely with each student.

The pursuit of Music at Wakefield offers them a welcoming place to explore their artistic side but also provides a high-quality experience that they can build to the performance level of their choice. 

Theatre is an essential component of a liberal arts education and prepares students like no classroom experience can. Wakefield's theatre experience gives its participants a solid background in theatre, but also offers every role — from acting to lighting to stage design — that a student could want. On-stage and behind the scenes, students learn to improvise, think quickly, and stay composed